Pastoral Formation is centered on preparing each candidate to stand and act in the community in the name and person of Jesus Christ, Head and Shepherd of the Church, through evangelization, service, and sacramental ministry, pre-eminently in the Eucharist. (Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Mission)
Activities of the Pastoral Formation Program
The seminarians in Pre-Theology I do not have pastoral assignments. Many of these men have been out of the formal academic environment for several years. They have lived on their own with a certain amount of independence. They need some time to readjust to the academic requirements and the scheduled activities of seminary formation. Their first year in the seminary is a time to grow in the tradition of personal prayer and a time to deepen their understanding of their vocational call.
Pre-Theology II – Supervised Ministry
Beginning with Pre-Theology II, seminarians serve in parishes on weekends under the supervision of parish pastors. The seminarians assist at several Masses on Sunday mornings and also participate in some parish activities as their schedule allows. The supervised ministry program includes evaluation by the pastoral supervisor. The pastors and parishes involved in this program are identified in close cooperation between the President-Rector, the Director of Pastoral Formation and the Archbishop of St. Louis. Those who are selected as Pastor-Supervisors are in many ways an extension of the faculty of the seminary. They meet regularly with the seminarians under their supervision and provide feedback to the seminarian and the seminary.
Goals of Pastoral Formation
- A missionary spirit, zeal for evangelization, and ecumenical commitment;
- A spirit of pastoral charity and openness to serve all people;
- A special love for and commitment to the sick and suffering, the poor and outcasts, prisoners, immigrants, and refugees;
- Demonstration of appropriate pastoral skills and competencies for ministry;
- Ability to exercise pastoral leadership;
- Ability to carry out pastoral work collaboratively with others and an appreciation for the different charisms and vocations within the Church;
- The ability to work in a multicultural setting with people of different ethnic and racial and religious backgrounds;
- A commitment to the proclamation, celebration, and service of the Gospel of life; and
- Energy and zeal for pastoral ministry.